Symposium to Discuss Health Improvements for Cascade County

Stakeholders Invited to Community Health Improvement Symposium

Great Falls,MT– The Community Health Improvement Planning (CHIP) Coalition will host a healthy community symposium on January 21, 2016 from 3:00 -5:00pm in Heritage Hall at Great Falls College MSU. Community Leaders and the general public is invited to attend. The CHIP Coalition will present recent data collected from the Cascade County Healthy Communities Survey and address successes and challenges seen in Cascade County since the last Healthy Communities Survey in 2012 and the 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment report.

The Cascade County Healthy Communities Survey is conducted every three years to a sample of Cascade County residents. The survey consists of 31 questions focusing on health concerns, for the Cascade County regional area.

In 2012, the top health concerns were alcohol abuse, child abuse and/or neglect and overweight and obesity. In 2015, illegal drug use emerged as the top health concern, along with child abuse and/or neglect, and alcohol abuse. Residents also indicated depression and anxiety to be a more serious health concern than previously.

During the symposium, leaders will present the survey results, demographic of residents who completed the survey, and compare the 2015 findings with the 2013 survey results. Stakeholders who attend the symposium will be invited to participate in small group discussions about the survey findings and provide guidance in confirming top health priority areas for the community to focus on.

The Community Health Improvement Planning Coalition is comprised of representatives from United Way of Cascade County, Get Fit Great Falls, Cascade City-County Health Department, Alliance for Youth, and Benefis Health System.

For more information about the Community Health Improvement Plan visit www.cchdmt.org or call Erin Merchant, Preparedness and Communication Officer at 788-7300.

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All media inquiries should be directed to Erin Merchant, 791-9265 (office) or 788-7300 (cell)